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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Unknown How Turkey Population Affected By Harsh Winter

Next we hear from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his on-going series, "Wildlife Matters".  He says it's still unknown how our severe winter will affect turkey populations.

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High-Tech Treatment, Locally
4:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can rotate to provide more accurate radiation therapy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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Walker asks for decision delay
3:42 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Potawatomi Tribe Asks Govenor To Make Casino Decision

Casino activity
Credit en.wikipedia.org

  A tribal spokesperson supports a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial last weekend asking Governor Walker to make a decision soon on a new $800 million casino complex in Kenosha county. The Menominee Nation is requesting a new casino be built at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. While nine Wisconsin tribes back the proposal, two do not: the Ho-Chunk tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Both tribes have gambling facilities off reservation.

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Event Thursday
3:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nicolet College Offers Help For Adults To Attend College

Nicolet Area Technical College
Credit Nicolet College

  Going back  to school as an adult can be daunting. Nicolet College in Rhinelander is hosting an event Thursday designed to help people return to education. To help adults upgrade skills  or train for an entirely new career,  Nicolet is holding a Returning to Learning event from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday in the University Transfer Center on the Nicolet College Campus. Career Coach at Nicolet, Teri Phalin says adult students will find many people to help them...  

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Response to Preapplication
2:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

DNR Outlines Permit Requirements for GTac Mine

The Wisconsin DNR has responded to Gogebic Taconite’s initial plan for an iron mine in the Penokee Range. 

The company filed its pre-application notification last June…which consisted of preliminary plans and a stated intent to file a mining permit.

The DNR has responded with a list of required permits and environmental data that the company will need to prepare. 

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Ten of Fifteen Seats Contested
5:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Iron County Group to Host Candidate Forums

Contested county board elections in Iron County have given rise to a series of candidate forums. 

The Iron County Citizen's Forum is organizing the two nonpartisan debates inspired by the League of Women Voters format. 

Organizer Terry Daulton says the controversy over a proposed iron mine has engaged more people in local politics.

“It’s very unusual to have this many people running. And it’s actually brought a lot of people into the fold thinking about what are the things our county is doing – so I think it’s actually energized the public a little bit.”

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Senate voting on matter Tuesday
3:11 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Local School Leader Favors Scheduling Flexibility

Supt. Kelli Jacobi
Credit Rhinelander School District

  The Wisconsin Senate is voting on a bill  tossing out the 180 day requirement for schools to hold classes.   Classes would still have to be held for certain numbers of hours -- but schools could hold longer days to get those hours in.  The issue came to the forefront in January, when most Wisconsin schools were closed for at least four days due to the coldest winter in two decades.

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Online survey
1:50 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Extension Survey Asks Oneida Co. Residents Likes, Dislikes

An Oneida county lake
Credit deanbakerphotography.com

  Oneida County UW-Extension is asking county residents to fill out a survey about what they think about living here. Extension leader Erica Brewster says rather than have formal meetings, they've put a series of questions on a website called "Survey Monkey". She says they're hoping to take the pulse of Oneida county residents...  

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Lindey Cleaners
1:39 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander Clean Up Site Moving Toward Parking Lot

A future parking lot
Credit WXPR

  The city of Rhinelander would like to clean up the  former Lindey Cleaners in downtown Rhinelander and should they get ownership, they would like to remove the building. The city council voted Monday to authorize working toward a grant to build a parking lot on the site. The city could eventually get ownership of the property for back taxes through foreclosure.  The federal Environmental Protection Agency would like to remove solvents and underground tanks underneath the Stevens Street property. City Administrator Blaine Oborn gave an update...  

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Seventeenth State Championship
1:32 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Rhinelander Mock Trial Again Captures State Title

Rhinelander Mock Trial team with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Credit Submitted photo

Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

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